How "Catalysts" Power Touchstone Value

Fund manager John Holden is always hunting for undervalued stocks with the conditions in place that could spark a rise

Just because a stock is big and cheap simply isn't good enough for John Holden, who runs the Touchstone Value Plus Fund/A (TVPAX ). While he has managed to edge out his large-cap value fund peers by searching for undervalued, large-cap companies with improving fundamentals, Holden says he also wants to see a catalyst that will unlock the stock's value within a year to 18 months. A series of smart acquisitions, a breakup, or even a better pricing environment can do the trick.

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